The Star Princess caught fire and our cruise is cancelled!!!


After finishing my last midterm, HotDaddy met me with the bad news. I was in shock the whole way home. I was already packed and was supposed to leave that weekend for our honeymoon in the Caribbean and now because someone didn’t discard their cigarette properly our cruise ship caught on fire and my honeymoon was ruined…so I thought.

Not all travel stories are peachy and this one had a really rough start. Our honeymoon looked like it was going to be a disaster, especially since we were originally supposed to leave out of New Orleans, but Hurricane Katrina wiped the port out the year before. It appeared that the stars were against us.

So, here were. Our cruise was cancelled. It was spring break, so just about everything anywhere cool was booked and what was available had rates that were over-the-top. In addition to all that craziness, all our money was tied up in the vacation that was cancelled until they could send us reimbursement (however long that would take). All the money we had to plan another trip was our spending money and some minimal credit.

Faced with these bleak circumstances, I did what any normal bride would do. I cried. I cried a lot. Then, I cried some more.

Hold the tissues! There is a twist. A happy ending, if you will.

You know the expressions: “things happen for a reason” or “when one door closes, another one opens?” Well that is kind of what happened to us. Thanks to all these obstacles, we made two fantastic discoveries that not only saved our honeymoon; it changed the way we book cruises.

Desperate to save our honeymoon, HotDaddy scoured the internet all night. He came across This site acts as many hotel booking sites do, which sell unfilled rooms for a discount. sells last minute cruises. We found an amazing deal for a cruise leaving out of Ft. Lauderdale the same day as our original cruise. Never having used this service before or having heard of the cruise line before, we were frantic and booked it.

Needless to say, we were worried. Upon arrival I was anxious. Is this site legit? Did we really just book a cruise of 80% less than our original cruise? Was this cruise line for real or was it a row boat?

Luckily for us, it was perfect! We ended up with a fabulous balcony room on the Costa Mediterranea, an Italian ship and had an amazing seven day cruise in the Caribbean for a fraction of our originally planned trip.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is true. Sometimes life gives you lemons (or burns down your cruise ship), but some of those lemons make for some darn tasty lemonade. Now, every time we book a cruise we go through and save a ton of money. In addition, we discovered a new cruise line that we had never tried before and ended up really loving. What started out being a travel nightmare, turned into a dream vacation.

Do you have any travel stories that started bad, but ended up being good?